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Midlife Crisis

Why Is Boomer Suicide on the Rise?

Laura Lee Carter | Posted 06.19.2013 | Fifty
Laura Lee Carter

Boomer suicide and substance abuse rates are on the rise. Could it be that we did not face the kind of adversity growing up that creates successful coping skills? Were we raised to be too optimistic, and now find we cannot deal with how it all turned out?

The Truth About Midlife

Laura Lee Carter | Posted 06.04.2013 | Fifty
Laura Lee Carter

What is normal and to be expected as we move into our 40s and 50s? What do most boomers have in common psychologically, simply because of their place in American history? Myths and misinformation abound, but what do we know for sure?

4 Ways To Have A Positive Midlife Crisis

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 05.30.2013 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

A midlife crisis -- if you fully embrace the stereotype -- can be expensive. Fancy car... trophy spouse... new body... new career. But -- as with so many things -- your buck buys you more when you take your midlife crisis to a tropical paradise and teach it to dance the salsa. Consider these alternatives...

Midlife Changes Everything!

Laura Lee Carter | Posted 05.19.2013 | Fifty
Laura Lee Carter

Sadly, I find far too many men and women who are damaged or destroyed while trying to negotiate this sometimes difficult life transition. Too often this time is spent feeling alone, confused, misunderstood, and marginalized, when it should be celebrated as a time to come into your own power.

8 Great Ways To Carve Out 'Me Time'

Nancy Sherr | Posted 05.14.2013 | Fifty
Nancy Sherr

The conundrum: how best to squeeze time in for you? Meaningful time, that is. Coffee with a friend, a movie, dare we engage in the idea of a girl's night out? Will this constant cacophony ever quiet to a mild roar? Is it me, or is it all just moving too fast?

Are You Facing a Quarter or Midlife 'Crisis'?

Marcia Reynolds | Posted 05.12.2013 | Women
Marcia Reynolds

This past year, I have had numerous reporters ask me to explain what women go through in their mid-life crisis and why women around the age of 29 are ...

Boomer Psych 101: You Are Not Alone

Laura Lee Carter | Posted 05.11.2013 | Fifty
Laura Lee Carter

Rising job/career loss concerns, too much information and major cultural shifts since WWII have affected us all, unless of course you live in a media-free bubble, in which case you probably aren't reading this anyway.

What's Different About Midlife?

Laura Lee Carter | Posted 04.24.2013 | Fifty
Laura Lee Carter

In retrospect, I think I was somehow lucky the day I lost my job and my career back in the spring of 2004. No one could have convinced me at the time, but I now see that apparent misfortune as the opportunity of a lifetime. I finally had the time to contemplate my past choices.

Negotiating Normal Midlife Changes

Laura Lee Carter | Posted 04.15.2013 | Fifty
Laura Lee Carter

We all fear changes in our lives, and most of us associate change with negative results. That's why I like to re-frame the idea of change by pointing out that without change, nothing in this world would ever get better.

Why I Want My Husband To Have a Midlife Crisis

Amy Ruhlin | Posted 04.10.2013 | Fifty
Amy Ruhlin

We entered our forties together and, after a few years, I fell apart. But he did not and it didn't seem fair. I thought we were in this together.

Are You Sliding Down The Midlife Viceberg?

Penny Love | Posted 04.06.2013 | Fifty
Penny Love

I know a great deal about fitness. I also know a great deal about vices. More specifically, I know a great deal about fitness and drinking. It's a love story. The two go together like ebony and ivory.

What Does Midlife Mean?

Laura Lee Carter | Posted 04.01.2013 | Fifty
Laura Lee Carter

I went through the most devastating time in my life starting around age 39. First, I married the wrong man, got divorced seven years later, and soon after, lost my job and 25-year career at age 49.

Is 50 A Turning Point? (EXCERPT)

Posted 01.28.2013 | Fifty

The following is an excerpt from the new book "Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment" by Katrina Kenison. I tried to sneak past my fift...

FACE IT: Cyber Love For Aging Women?

Michele Willens | Posted 03.29.2013 | Fifty
Michele Willens

Whatever has spurred my momentary malaise, it is time for action, to prove I am not invisible, that I am not as predictable as I appear. But how to make mine a more 'interesting' story? Several possible scenarios come to mind.

'There's Courage in Trying' -- Especially in Midlife

Laura Lee Carter | Posted 03.18.2013 | Fifty
Laura Lee Carter

When I ran into my own life crisis around age 49 -- a divorce and losing my job for the first time ever -- I took the time to sit and consider what I wanted more of in life. I decided I wanted more fun and meaning, but I did not realize at the time how much courage these goals would require.

What if We're Not Gorgeous When We're Old?

Sienna Jae Fein | Posted 03.10.2013 | Fifty
Sienna Jae Fein

Aging has got to be OK; we have no choice. We hope for the day when women and men are not devalued for not being young, when they don't feel impelled to "fix" their faces as a hedge against invisibility.

Why I Need The Company Of Women

Melissa T. Shultz | Posted 03.09.2013 | Fifty
Melissa T. Shultz

Normally, when it comes to movies, I'm a Bond kind of gal. Last week, between the cruddy news in the world and the looming changes in my own nest, I found myself in a bathrobe-wearing, chocolate-grazing sort of mood, for which the only cure is to watch a movie about women, starring women, and for women.

Why The Midlife Crisis Is A Total Myth

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 03.06.2013 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

Midlife crisis. We hardly even question the term any more. A staple of our pop culture, the midlife crisis appears in movies, TV sitcoms, news stories, commentaries and magazine ads for red sports cars. But is the idea of a midlife crisis really a myth?

Are Middle-Aged Women Done With Men?

Vicki Larson | Posted 03.06.2013 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

Not too long ago, I asked a friend how she's doing. After a long pause, she said, "I keep wondering if this is all there is." A lot of us have that feeling.

How To Turn 40 Without Freaking Out

Claudia Zelevansky | Posted 03.05.2013 | Women
Claudia Zelevansky

I want to be that person for whom this looming event has no meaning. I met someone like that yesterday, but instead of absorbing her wisdom, all I could think was that she was a big, fat (tall, skinny) liar in very high-end gym clothes. I almost hissed.

40 Things 'This Is 40' Gets Right About Middle Age

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 02.20.2013 | Fifty
Lois Alter Mark

I am over 50, but "This Is 40," the new movie starring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, empowered me more than any self-help book I've read about middle age and long-term marriage. And I've read a lot.

How A Motorcycle Accident Changed My Life

Kevin Ryan | Posted 02.13.2013 | Fifty
Kevin Ryan

In my 50s I looked at the walls around me -- marriage, work, lifestyle - and wondered if they were keeping my life together or keeping life out. I know people who seem perfectly content with their lives. That ain't me.

Why My Life Resembles The Film 'You've Got Mail'

Donna Highfill | Posted 02.11.2013 | Fifty
Donna Highfill

I cried my eyes out the other night watching the movie "You've Got Mail." The scene in which Meg Ryan's character shuts down her mother's bookstore just destroyed me. And, somehow, that particular moment in the movie reminded me of what life has felt like in my 50s.

Humans Aren't The Only Ones Who Have Midlife Crises

AP | MALCOLM RITTER | Posted 11.19.2012 | Green

NEW YORK -- Chimpanzees going through a midlife crisis? It sounds like a setup for a joke. But there it is, in the title of a report published Monday...

What Does A Midlife Crisis Look Like For Women?

Posted 11.08.2012 | Fifty

Midlife crises have long been considered a purely male experience, up there with forgetting to put the toilet seat down or having a hard time talking ...